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Grateful Dead Live at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 1985-06-30

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Grateful Dead Live at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 1985-06-30

Set 1:
d1t01 - Tuning
d1t02 - Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
d1t03 - C C Rider
d1t04 - Brown Eyed Women
d1t05 - Mama Tried ->
d1t06 - Mexicali Blues
d1t07 - Keep On Growing ->
d1t08 - Big Railroad Blues ->
d1t09 - Looks Like Rain ->
d1t10 - Don't Ease Me In

Set 2:
d1t11 - Tuning
d1t12 - Shakedown Street ->
d1t13 - Samson And Delilah
d2t01 - Gimme Some Lovin' ->
d2t02 - He's Gone ->
d2t03 - Cryptical Envelopment ->
d2t04 - Drums ->
d2t05 - Space ->
d2t06 - The Other One ->
d2t07 - Stella Blue ->
d2t08 - Around And Around ->
d2t09 - Sugar Magnolia

d2t10 - U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Merriweather Post Pavilion
Location Columbia, MD

Source SBD -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD
Lineage CD -> Samplitude Professional v9.12 -> Cool Edit Pro v2.0 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- Disc change is seamless
-- Two SBD Cassette Masters were used to make this show complete
-- Many flaws have been fixed but PA static still remains
-- There is no channel swapping on this source
-- It sounds like there was some prior processing done to the discs
-- This recording is for from perfect but it's still the best I've heard
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction


Reviewer: DustTizzle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2016
Subject: Who's playing during CC Rider at...
Who's playing during C.C. Rider at around 3:30 ???? There's a solo but I can't tell if it's Brent on some synthesized keys or Jerry on MIDI??? Can't remember if MIDI was on his set up yet. Otherwise it's a great show
Reviewer: Jack Cerro - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2016
Subject: Brent
4:30 into 1/2 Step, right as Jerry starts singing the "Across the Rio Grande..." Brent trickles in with this delicate mandolin like accompaniment. Nice stuff.
Reviewer: kee-zee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2015
Subject: Watch me pull a rabbit out of my ass..
Yeah??..NO WAY you were at this show Cliff Hucker..If you were, you were passed out drunk in the parking lot..Go back to the hole you crawled out of! Merriweather rocked in the sweet summer of 85'!! The 1st set is upbeat and you can feel the band is having fun..Keep on Growing! I remember oh so well..the sun setting and they throw down one of the best Shakedowns I've ever heard live..A solid 2nd set fo sure!!The next night is a Winner also!!! so please>GIVE IT A WHIRL>Forever Grateful>Forever Dead!!!!!!
Reviewer: ginosega - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2014
Subject: Don't get no better
..than this Shakedown. The entire jam is full-on Dead at their best, but the sublime entry into it (@7:55) and the unbelievable peak at the end (starting @ 12:00) are all-timers.
Reviewer: jpos - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2014
Subject: Shakedown
Bob Weir plays some of the best guitar I've heard from him (sound and playing) in the '80's during that Shakedown. He just had such a nasty thick sound going on, especially during the last jam after the last chorus. This show is incredible. Making me feel very joyous right now.
Reviewer: EaterOfTheDead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 11, 2014
Subject: Easy one
Charlie, you are the man. Not sure how you have found time to get all this done. I love '85, I love that summer, and yeah this is an outstanding example, and a very well polished recording. Thanks, I had to come out of lurkerdom to throw my $0.02 in the hat.

PS I miss everyone.
Reviewer: uncjon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2014
Subject: It was the best of times
Great sounding board by Charlie Miller once again! This show was so much fun to be part of. Flew into DC to hang with my friend Dave. Visited the Smithsonian the day before. Amazing times!
Reviewer: gordon hensley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 30, 2014
Subject: one of the best shows ever in dc metro
an easy five -- for the show and for charlie miller optimal quality...

keep on growin' helped move the show into overdrive along with a killer LLR in set one

second set opener the epic shakedown and the rest is all five star loveliness and power.

was at this show and in my top 10-20 of 150+ shows for all around fun and show quality.
Reviewer: Skipknot! - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 2, 2014
Subject: Thank you Charlie Miller
I've gave up looking for a board of this show when Jerry passed, but then again I stopped collecting tapes when that happened also. Almost 20 years later I am reliving my youth between this site and You Tube. You have made this family member one happy camper. Thank you so very much Charlie, you eased my soul.
Reviewer: oydave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2013
Subject: Merry Weather
21 years of shows. First show '74...last show Omni '95. These two Meriwether Post shows were the best shows I ever saw. The vibe was palpable. The crowd was into it. The band was happy and screwing around. The next night was better but this Shakedown...oh my freaking God! I actually prefer the audience tapes from the front of the lawn laid down by the guy sitting next to me. Thanks pal! Lost your name and address years ago but at least I sent you the dub from that weird vinyl boot I had with the Dark Star into Me And My Uncle from the unknown date. I know you dug it. This Charlie Miller version kills, too but that warm sound from the lawn will be with me until I french kiss the angel of death.
Reviewer: 2dose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2012
Subject: Summer of 85 Rocked
This was the best show of the summer. I remember how mellow the vibe was before the show started but the excitement was in the air. The circus was in town and the locals were overtaken by it across the highway at the local mall. Heads had abandoned there cars everywhere along the road leading to the pavilion and the parking lot was full. So we ended up parking at mall with many other Deadheads. The party was everywhere you turned, the only liqueur store around was in the mall too. By the time the crowd started to move across the street to the show the sun was starting to hit the tree tops and all the controls were set for a real good time. Had my ticket in hand but didn't realize it was for inside. Being it was my first time at the venue my jaw dropped when I got to my seat and saw how small the place was. Everybody was ready for some fun and I do remember the place going crazy when they played Shakedown. The 20 years so far banner was behind the band and it was really a sight to behold. Made me feel proud all over. By the time the show ended I was left with a big grin on my face and hot looking babe next to me that asked me for a hug because she said she felt the love coming out of me during the whole show. Ahhh those were the days. Anyways, enough about Just kickback , get yourself feeling good and put the headphones on for this one. It's a rocker. Enjoy the quality here. The audience that had the most DL is worth getting too.
Reviewer: boboneil - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 4, 2012
Subject: tight band summer of '85
Saw a lot of shows from '75 on, and summer of '85 still stands out in my memory. It was as if they'd been practicing or something! Riverbend 6/24/85 second set is highly recommended.
Reviewer: swampRatchild - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2012
Subject: groovin'
A killer 85' smokin'hott show.Put this in your earhole.
Reviewer: Folkhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2012
Subject: Nothin's shakin' on Shakedown Street...
Definitely one of the best Shakedowns the boys ever did. Absolutely incredible.
Reviewer: dupree413 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2011
Subject: DNA BUT WID
I saw some shows in '85. And I have most of the shows from that year.
I personally feel this is a strong year for the GD overall and one of the strongest of the '80's.

At any rate, I agree with whomever wrote this show is overlooked. There is much to this show.

The Fun or X factor is through the roof. The first set (as was the case in most of '85) is well executed, but short.

The second set HAS to be in the top 4 or 5 that year.
11/1 was certainly more unique in song choice and placement; and Saratoga was unbeievable.
But Shakedown>Samson rocks. Put it on turn it up and just take it in. The Gimmie Some Lovin's definitely finds itself at an odd place in the rotation. But it works, esp b/c Jerry delivers a He's Gone>Cryptical gem afterwards. Many have commented that the band never seemed to quite "get" Cryptical to the point where you went "they nailed it". But the dare to revive it, and the placement of it see 6/25 and 9/3 is certainly worth the effort.

Post drumz has a great Other One (I always thought that song should scare - ok maybe that is not the right word) but make you tremble - and this one does.

Hard to compete in a year that started so strong in Philly, Nassau, Springfield. The Fall run was also incredible.
But Merriweather should be in anyone's top 5 in my humble opinion.

Enjoy and God Bless
5 stars
Reviewer: ShakedownSteve - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2011
Subject: To each his own...
I declare, I have loved and will always love this show for obvious reasons. Thanks again to all for the effort. Over and out.
Reviewer: getting old daddy - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2011
Subject: the boys in 85
I was too young to see the early shows. but the 85 mark was in the heat of my run with the band. love any show Brent was at.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2011
Subject: I normally like summer 85 shows but...
... this one didn't thrill me and I'm not sure why based on the other reviews here. I was directed to this show on the strength of the Shakedown which I have to say I didn't love (besides Jerry's lyrical gaffs, I just didn't find it a particularly exciting version). Some alright moment in this show and although I wasn't crazy about Cryptical's revival, this is one of the stronger ones in 85. The OO was pretty good and a spirited US Blues to end the show. On the flip-side, I found the post-drums kind of dull (Around is my least favourite Bobby tune even when they played it well back in 73/74...) and the Don't Ease wasn't good at all.
Reviewer: corby112 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2010
Subject: One of the best shows from '85
This is a very underrated high quality show from the June '85 run. In the top three shows (along with 7/1) from the year IMO.

The first set starts off with a rousing Half Step. Jerry belts out the Rio Grandio line. C.C. Rider follows and it includes an incredible bluesy final jam. Brown Eyed women follows and while not the best version it is well played and sung with lots of energy. After some Bobby cowboy songs they bust out an incredible version of Keep on Growing. This is full of enthusiasm and energy and is the best version I've heard. Looks Like Rain is another highlight followed by a decent Don't Ease.

Set two gets going with an incredible Shakedown Street. Many people site this as one of the best versions ever and it deserves the praise. A long extended funky jam featuring great soloing and group improv. This segues into a scorching Samson but Jerry's playing seems a bit off rhythm. Gimme Some Lovin' brings back the energy followed by an excellent jam that finishes the set. He's Gone is well played and soulful with a nice vocal jam that segues into Cryptical, always a great surprise! The Other One that comes out of Space in excellent segueing into a beautiful rendition of Stella. One of the better later versions of the song. Sugar Mags closes out the show with incredible energy.
Reviewer: richmond randy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2010
Subject: Cliff, you were not there.
If you were, you wouldn't be writing this trash. More 85 junk? What planet are you on?
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - favoritefavorite - October 15, 2009
Subject: More junk from '85
I guess this stinker deserves five stars just because you attended the show?

I was there as well but I cant listen to this...

In spite of brilliant Charlie Miller sound quality, this is just more junk from 1985!
Reviewer: Alex, Geddy, Neil, Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Brent, Mickey, Billy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 30, 2009
Subject: Charlie Miller is GD's 5th Beatle
Floating Sage:

matrix of this show can be found at:

i never really got into Matrix mixes but to each his own..

when it comes to re-mastering, there's Charlie Miller and then there's everybody else.

performance is 5-star as well.
Reviewer: JustAFloatingSage - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2009
Subject: PeopleSayThisShowRocked
Notes to self: ... Audience version captures magic of show...this version better fidelity for my bum ears

1st listening not what I expected...think recording will grow on me ... Some good jams for me to pick guitar with (eg: CCRider, Shakedown, Space >OtherOne very cool)...I know band and audience were cooking together 'cause I listened to audience recorded version before this one...goal: find another version(soundboard w/audience)
Reviewer: d-boy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 2, 2009
Subject: THIS is the one!
THANK YOU! i was just about to give up on finding a version here that sounds better than the CASSETTE i FOUND IN A BOX in my CLOSET a couple days ago.......i actually believe that audience tapes sound better on's hard to properly DIGITALIZE a EXPERIENCE.....a course, if you were THERE.......LUCKY YOU, and SURE, it brings back memories

but i believe something else, too.......mostly from my years of dancing in DJ-tape playing venues AFTER Jerry flew the coop.......and i don't just believe it, i actually know it for a FACT:

if you were at ANY were at EVERY show

and if you have any sense at still ARE
Reviewer: Estimated Pete - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2008
Subject: Lovin' summer '85
Great show! Thanks again Mr. Miller for the crispy critter. My copies always had a muddy, over-processed quality to them. Nice Shakedown, of course. I always liked the unique twist brent added at about the 11:30 mark. Jerry is quick to chip in and adds an ever-increasing peak to the twist. They both were definitely on the same page with what was happenin'. I imagine Jerry was giving Brent the all-knowing look above his glasses and an agreeable head nod like he always did. I always dug how they communicated without speaking. Jerry would start swaying a little and the groove was on. Summer '85 has always been a favorite of mine and the Merriweather shows remind me why.
Reviewer: drifterhatesleafblowers - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2008
Subject: Merri F'n Weather
What a place. So many good times there.

This show and the night after were heaven on earth.

It was the 20th birthday year and everything seemed happy, even with Jerry in Red. Not a bad time to be 25, footloose and fancy free.

My second favorite Shakedown to 7-6-97 Pittsburgh......

Take a long listen to He's Gone and Stella too. Both are so crisp.
Reviewer: ocea - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2008
Subject: insanity
There were nights and then there were nights.Possibly the best show I ever attended standing on the second set alone.not that the first one was terrible.Not sure what the review before was thinking.Someone has yet to refer me to a better Shakedown.2nd set is spotless beginning to end.When Bobby is on the whole thing just gets pretty sick.It was all we could do in this most beautiful of outdoor settings to hold on tight and ride one wave after another.This summer tour left more than a few lines on our faces after a full month of perma-grin.
Reviewer: BawstonStrangler - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2008
Subject: One of 85's Best
A quick sampling revealed that this Charlie Miller version is the one to have.

As everyone has mentioned, the Shakedown is awesome. Not as good as 10/25/79, but it's up there. And not always talked about, but this Drums>Space is great. In Space at about 4:01 > 4:30 the aliens are actually trying to communicate. I've caught this maybe on only one other occasion, date forgotton. Grt follow up with The Other One, which by the end finally brings us back down to earth. Sugar Mag also very good. Overall an easy 5.
Reviewer: secret8476 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 10, 2008
Subject: yup yup
Just got listening to that shakedown and oh man -it's just juicy. Its stuff like what ya hear in there that makes me love Brent so much.
Reviewer: buildakicker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2008
Subject: Rippin' Shakedown...
This is a great sounding concert. One of my favorite tapes ever! I sent it to a friend, and haven't heard it in a while. It's good to have it back again. Thanks for the super clean sound Charlie!
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2008
Subject: Shakedown
That is all.
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2008
Subject: Bobby.....Bobby.....BOOM!!!!!!
Charlie Miller--thanks for cleaning up the cobwebs, once again. Always appreciated!!
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